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Suicide car bomber attacks U.S. military base in Somalia

2019-09-30

Islamic extremist rebels have claimed responsibility for an attack on a U.S. military base early Monday.

The Shabab extremist group says they are behind an attack on the Bale Dogle airstrip in the Lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia, where the U.S. military launches drones and trains Somali troops, according to officials.

The military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) said a car bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives at the airstrip gate, while a senior Somali military officer reported heavy gunfire across the airbase.

It’s unclear if anyone was injured in the attack.

Shabab was behind the January attack on a hotel in Kenya that left more than 20 dead.

In a separate attack Monday, another suicide car bomb went off in Mogadishu, injuring several Somali civilians but missing the Italian peacekeepers.

With News Wire Services